Octoberfest: Mwa Kwéyòl Koumansé

The history of Oktoberfest dates back to a wedding in 1810. There, the forms of entertainment included horse races, a carousel and two swings. Fast forward to 2015 and Octoberfest in Munich is the largest festival in the world, with an international flavour characteristic of the 20th century with carousels, roller coasters and all the spectacular fun for the enjoyment and excitement of visitors of all ages.

“The festivities are accompanied by a programme of events, including the Grand Entry of the Oktoberfest Landlords and Breweries, the Costume and Riflemen’s Procession, and a concert involving all the brass bands represented at the “Wiesn”.”

Although our festival is still miles off that of the creators whose only interruption to the festival was wars and cholera epidemics, we are creating strides with our annual Oktoberfest EnKweyol. The event hosted by the Windward and Leeward Brewery Limited was held last week Sunday at a brand new venue, The Gaiety grounds to scores of locals and visitors alike.

Now into its eighth year, Oktoberfest En Kwéyòl is held on the first Sunday in October to coincide with the festival in Munich and has now become a focal staple and unofficial curtain raiser of activities for “Kwéyòl Heritage Month” in Saint Lucia.

The event, which has prided itself with providing the best in Creole entertainment has featured “live” performances from Martinique’s Bamboolaz and a Carib fusion band, Midnight Groovers, MamaiLaCaye violin band, AvotSevis Cultural drumming group, Lightning Stars, and HarmonitesSteel orchestra just to name a few.

As the event continues to grow in attendance numbers “Oktoberfest EnKwéyòl”, delievered another block buster line up of fine Kwéyòl cuisine and entertainment. Along with St. Lucia’s best Ras Africa, Invader, Robbie, Alman, Secrets Band, AvotSevis, Mamai La Kai, Silver Shadow Dancers, Leonette Pierre and DYP; Martinique’s Metal Sound delivered a performance which forced patrons to pause from the plethora of food and drink available to enjoy music from yesteryear.

Hits like “Lè on fanmkitéw – Bonmsiwo la,”  “Tros Jen” and “Jen fi oudous” blanketed a feeling of nostalgia over the mammoth crowd that had now converged on the Gaiety Grounds.

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